Undergraduate Certificate Program

The University College, in consultation with the National Park Service, has developed a certificate program in National Park Service Management that will provide extensive opportunities for academic study, training and development, and for internship placement as preparation for a career in National Park Service law enforcement and in other areas related to park service management, as well as other related careers.

The 15 credit Certificate in National Park Service Management consists of:

  • 4 courses as part of the ProRanger's academic degree program and are taught during the academic year
    • History of the National Park Service [HIST 2214]
    • National Park Service: The Imperiled Promise [Tentative title] [HIST XXXX]
    • Law Enforcement and Federal Lands Management [Tentative title] [CJ XXXX]
    • Leadership and Communications: Critical Competencies for Law Enforcement [Tentative title] [AOD XXXX]
  • plus an experimental course conducted through distance learning during the first summer internship:
    • Introduction to the National Park Service [PRAN 1577]

To see a full list of requirements for the undergraduate certificate program, please visit the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Current Students

Temple students who have been accepted into the ProRanger Philadelphia program will be required to enroll in the Certificate in National Park Service Management and complete the full complement of academic and training experiences. Students should see their advising office or contact Brian Foley at Main Campus (Bfoley@temple.edu) or Janine Warnas at Ambler Campus (Warnas@temple.edu) with questions or to enroll in the certificate program.

In addition, matriculated students pursuing Temple degrees who are not selected for the ProRanger program may, with permission, pursue the certificate program to improve their qualifications for post-graduation employment in the National Park Service. Students should contact Vicki McGarvey (McGarvey@temple.edu) for more information.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are eligible for acceptance into the ProRanger Philadelphia program. Please contact Vicki McGarvey (McGarvey@temple.edu) for information about entering the ProRanger Philadelphia program. Students must already be enrolled at Temple University to be eligible for the ProRanger Philadelphia program.

See the Office of Admissions for transfer student information and applications. Contact Laura Reddick (laura.reddick@temple.edu) with any questions. Once accepted into the ProRanger Philadelphia program transfer students will be required to enroll in the Certificate in National Park Service Management and complete the full complement of academic and training experiences within the program's age restrictions.